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Talley R. Parker


P 214-520-2400
F 214-520-2008


Talley R. Parker is a Principal in the Dallas, Texas, office of Jackson Lewis P.C.

Mr. Parker counsels employers on every aspect of the employment relationship, including policies and handbooks, investigations, discipline and termination decisions, medical leaves of absence, and workplace safety concerns. Mr. Parker offers guidance regarding non-discrimination laws and addresses claims of discrimination based upon race, age, gender, disability, national origin, religion and other protected characteristics. Mr. Parker also serves as a resource for clients involved with claims of sexual or other discriminatory harassment and provides practical guidance to address and resolve such claims.

Mr. Parker also assists employers in drafting and promulgating restrictive covenants designed to avoid unfair competition, such as non-compete, non-solicitation, and confidentiality agreements. He litigates claims on behalf of employers against former employees (and often their new employers) for breaches of these agreements and also for related claims such as theft of trade secrets, breach of the duty of loyalty, and unfair competition. Mr. Parker also advises departing employees (and their new employers) regarding contractual and other legal rights and obligations, and defends challenges to their new employment.

Mr. Parker also has a wage and hour practice that is focused primarily on defending complex wage and hour class and collective actions arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage and hour laws. Mr. Parker also works with employers to ensure compliance with the FLSA and state law counterparts.

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Mr. Parker was an associate in the labor and employment and commercial litigation practice groups at Baker Botts L.L.P. in Dallas, Texas.

While at the University of Arkansas, Mr. Parker was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and also served as co-captain of the University of Arkansas Men’s Tennis Team. While attending law school, he was a member of Phi Delta Phi, a recipient of the University of Arkansas School of Law High Academic Achievement Award (given to the student who finishes third in their graduating class), and was an Associate Editor on the Arkansas Law Review.

Honors and Recognitions

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Dallas Bar Association, Admissions & Membership Committee (2011), CLE Committee (2011), Speakers Committee (2011)
  • Texas State Bar

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • State Fair of Texas Raffle Committee Member (2012)

Published Works

  • "To the Spoliator Go the Spoils: Arkansas Rejects Independent Tort Cause of Action," Arkansas Law Review (June 2008)

Speeches and Presentations

  • “Employee Handbook Update – 2016,” River Valley Human Resources Association (Russellville, AR, October 2016) (Presenter)
  • “Wage and Hour Update: Preparing for Changes to the White Collar Exemption Regulations,” Mansfield Economic Development Corporation (Dallas, TX, April 2016) (Presenter)
  • “Employee Handbook Update – 2016,” Northwest Arkansas Human Resources Association, Inc. (Springdale, AR, February 2016) (Presenter)
  • “Preparing for Change: Anticipated FLSA Regulatory Changes and Obama Administration Enforcement Trends,” Mid-Cities HR Association (Dallas, TX, January 2016) (Presenter)
  • “Pay Discrimination – The New Rules: How to Conduct a Pay Equity Analysis, Ensure it is Privileged and Protect Your Organization,” Mid-Cities HR Association (Dallas, TX, January 2015) (Presenter)
  • “Fearless Hiring: Conquering Issues of What to Ask, Pre-Employment Testing, and Background Checks,” Center for Nonprofit Management (Dallas, TX, February 2014) (Presenter)
  • “The Latest Update on Retaliation,” Mid-Cities HR Association (Dallas, TX, January 2014) (Presenter)
  • “Facing Cancer and Other Catastrophic and Chronic Illnesses in the Workplace: An HR Perspective,” Dallas HR (Dallas, TX, July 2013) (Presenter)
  • “My Space or Your Space: Defining the Metes and Bounds of the Interconnected Workplace,” Dallas HR (Dallas, TX, February 2012) (Presenter)
  • “Risks of Social Media in the Workplace (and How to Protect Your Company and Employees),” Mid-Cities HR Association (Dallas, TX, January 2012) (Presenter)

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April 28, 2017
Law 360

Jackson Lewis' Recently Elevated Attorneys Spotlighted

April 28, 2017

Jackson Lewis' recently elevated attorneys spotlighted in "Law360 Names Attys Who Moved Up The Firm Ranks In Q1," published by Law360. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

January 5, 2017
Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Congratulates 21 Newly Elevated Principals

January 5, 2017

January 5, 2017 (White Plains, NY) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to congratulate the firm’s 21 newly elevated Principals. “Our new Principals embody many of the important traits that help make an attorney successful at Jackson Lewis,” said Vincent A. Cino, Firm Chairman. “... Read More

January 1, 2017
Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Publishes Q4 Diversity Committee Newsletter

January 1, 2017

Please enjoy our Diversity Committee Newsletter for the fourth quarter of 2016. A best practice of our firm, it includes personal, diversity-focused messages from our Diversity Committee Chair and Diversity Committee Manager, and highlights diverse attorney promotions, diversity-related activities, sponsorships and events the firm has... Read More

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Applying Delaware Law, Federal Trial Court in Texas Determines that Restrictive Covenants in Incentive Stock Agreements Are Overbroad and Unenforceable as Written
October 4, 2016

The importance of drafting non-competition and other restrictive covenant agreements narrowly in terms of geography, duration and scope of activities to reasonably meet the employer’s legitimate business interests should not be underestimated. Read More